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When I saw the topic of Money Saving Mom’s new 4 week series, I thought to myself “our family has fun, but I have never planned for it”.
You see when it comes to fun, I like to throw caution to the wind.
Well sort of, I always try and put a small amount of money aside in our bank account at the beginning of summer for extra fun, but other than that I don’t plan.
To plan fun ahead of time so I can blog about it, will it turn fun into work?
As I was thinking that thought, my daughter looked over my shoulder and saw the series this month and screamed in my ear “OH MOM WE HAVE TO JOIN IN”.
So for my gal, I am going to jump into 20 days of planned fun.
Since my husband works odd hours, the post you see each day, may not be the fun we did that day, because I want him to join in the fun as much as possible too, so some days we might do double the fun and others nothing special, but I will link up a frugal family fun idea all of the 20 days.
Now onto today’s fun…………………….Yard saling, with my daughter and a friend and her daughter. This a favorite summer fun activity of mine and my daughter.
This sale actually did have…..well lets say “stuff” I needed. I got some more clothes for Courtney here.
For me successful yard saling with my daughter requires me doing a bit of prep work before I wake her up.
I get out our yard sale purses. I like using small purses that can be worn over one shoulder and under the next (hard to describe but I think you know what I mean). That way there is little chance of tears over a purse that fell of a shoulder or was put down on a yard sale table by mistake.
I also pack a similar purse for myself, with a smaller wallet than I normally carry inside it containing small bills and just the I.D. and other cards I might need if an accident arose. I then slip my cellphone in the front, and leave the rest of my larger purse at home.
I find if you are going to shop with kids, it is best to pack a small cooler with water and snacks. Mornings warm up quick and with all the walking involved in yard saling little ones get hungry and thirsty.
I also pack a long my daughter’s Nintendo DS, since often she gets bored before I am done shopping for the day. She doesn’t get access to her DS all that often so she is content to sit in the SUV with the windows open, and play her games, while I finish shopping near by. Today was a town wide rummage that is known for great deals. I filled the back of my SUV for $60. I will share my finds with you tomorrow in my regular, “what I got yard saling this week post”.
If you are planning to host a yard sale this year, or to shop one yourself, here are some of my top yard saling tips.
How about you? Do you have any tips for successfully yard saling with kids?
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